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Pregnancy Symptoms, negative test results.

By Anonymous September 11, 2013 - 5:42pm
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My period is over a month late. I had a miscarriage and d&c in May of this year. Periods have been normal thus far, well, until this month that is. My breasts are sore, I have a mild headache that just doesn't seem to disappear, I've had morning sickness for the last two weeks, the only thing I can think about is eating fried eggs and I'm having the weirdest dreams. I feel like I'm trying to convince myself that I'm pregnant again, but all the tests say no. What else could be causing these symptoms? Is it common to have a strange menstrual pattern after a d&c? My doctor is an Indian woman who barely speaks English, so we never really discussed the possible side effects or getting back into the natural "flow" of things.

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Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER. It is hard to predict how long it will take to get your period after a D&C, a gynecological procedure often used to remove tissue from the uterus after a miscarriage. During pregnancy, your body produces a hormone called hCG, which suppress the pituitary gland's production of other hormones that normally stimulate ovulation (release of an egg). The hCG level drops after the pregnancy tissue is removed during the D&C. It must drop to zero before your cycles resume. Although the length of time it takes for this to occur depends predominantly on the value of hCG present before the miscarriage, hCG suppression of the pituitary gland usually subsides within two weeks. Rarely, a small amount of placental tissue is left behind at the time of the D&C. In this case, a woman may experience persistent bleeding along with a delay in the fall of hCG levels and the return to normal cycles. Many things can be causing the delay.  It's important to find a new OBGYN, that you can discuss your concerns with.  



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